Port Nelson Sea Swim 14, February 12, 2015
It’s hard to imagine the season could ever get any better. We had sunshine, semi-high tide, not much wind but enough so it wasn’t boring, warm water, good friends and tonight we broke all sorts of records:
The biggest attendance ever in 28 years – 194 swimmers.
Probably the longest short swim – more than 600m
Probably the longest long swim – close to 1600m
If anyone wearing a gps can verify the short swim, please email firstname.lastname@example.org – a couple of people in the long swim had 1560m and 1640m (people take different courses)
Emily Trengrove is doing a great job of recording the event – tonight we also have a record 567 photos, which are busily uploading now. Emily’s father Sean and sisters Georgie and Alice are regular swimmers, while mother Di has been holding the stopwatch in recent weeks as well as working on the registration desk. It’s the sort of family commitment that makes the series such a pleasure to be involved with.
Featured swimmer. As usual – a random shot from Emily’s collection. Tonight a younger swimmer (for a change). Matai McGuinniety is a quiet achiever. Currently sitting in eighth on the points table (but moving up after a fourth place tonight), Matai is always near the front of the field. In this photo, he shares a pre-race moment with his mother Nicki.
Samoa draw winner for this week is Simon Bloomberg. Simon goes into the draw to win the trip for two to Samoa in August with fares accommodation and entry to the three-race Samoa Swim Series included. Price courtesy of Wildside Travel. If you plan to travel to Samoa for the swim, contact Andrea at Wildside for your travel arrangements.
Many of us move off to Akaroa for race four in the State Ocean Swim Series. Good luck to all swimming there, racing Buller, or taking part in Coast to Coast